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The Role of Wāhine In Te Reo Revitalisation

The Role of Wāhine In Te Reo Revitalisation

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  • Wed 19 Jul ’17, 12:10pm – 1:00pm


Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

Wāhine Māori have always been at the forefront of Māori language revitalisation. From founding movements like Kōhanga Reo and Te Ataarangi to the nannies who keep the fires burning at our marae. Now the next generation of wāhine Māori are taking up the mantel of language revitalisation.

Come and hear Professor Rawinia Higgins kōrero about the role of wāhine in Te Reo revitalisation.

About the speaker:
Professor Rawinia Higgins was appointed Te Tumu Ahurei (Māori) / Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Māori) of Victoria University of Wellington in 2016. She was previously Victoria’s Assistant Vice-Chancellor Māori Research and Head of School for Te Kawa a Māui/School of Māori Studies.

Professor Higgins came to Victoria as a senior lecturer in 2009 after holding academic positions at the University of Otago for 12 years. Her research expertise is Māori language revitalisation and, more specifically, language planning and policy. Professor Higgins is a member of the Waitangi Tribunal, a board member of Te Mātāwai, Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga (Māori Centre of Research Excellence), and is the Deputy Chair of the Māori Knowledge and Development PBRF portfolio.

In 2015, the Minister for Māori Development appointed her chair of the review of the Māori Language Bill and she helped shape the legislation enacted in April 2016. Te Mātāwai was created as part of the new legislation and governs The Māori Language Strategy dedicated to whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities.

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